A Rainbow Colored Banner For A Very Special Party ~ Today I am sharing with you how I made A Rainbow Colored Banner For a Very Special Party! Last month I hosted my retirement party so I could share this occasion with about sixty of my dearest friends, colleagues and family. I have to admit I had just as much fun planning and preparing for the party as the celebration itself.
In the next few posts I thought I would share with you some of the highlights! First up is the banner I made. I had gone to a party store in the city to buy the retirement party decorations but to be honest with you they just were not what I was looking for and nor was I willing to pay what they were asking.
So I decided to make my own. That way I had more flexibility to work with the theme I had chosen which was a ‘rainbow theme’. You may be asking why this theme? First of all, I was inspired by a post titled “This Party Calls For a Theme: It’s All Rainbows and Unicorns” written by Jessica the wonderful blogger at Green Door Hospitality. I just felt that retiring had taken me to the end of this rainbow and I was now starting a new one.
I also love the bright colors in a rainbow theme. I wanted the party decorations to be fun and vibrant but not come across too childlike at the same time. I think it worked.
Here is the rainbow colored banner I made that just says “Happy Retirement”. It was super easy and very inexpensive to make. I made extra triangles so I can just change the message on the banner for other parties. It is going to be really easy to change the word retirement to birthday!
How To Make A Rainbow Colored Banner For A Very Special Party
- Cardstock quality paper that I bought at Michaels (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, dark blue, dark purple
- Different patterns of scrapbook paper
- Glue stick
- ½ inch ribbon
- Make a triangle pattern. I just drew a free hand triangle about half the size of an 8 ½ x 11-inch sheet of paper so I could make two triangles out of one sheet of paper.
- I cut several triangles of each of the seven colors because I was making two very large banners for two large windows and two smaller banners for two smaller windows.
- In Word I spelled the words ‘Happy Retirement’ using the font ‘Silom’ and the size was 300. I chose this font because it was stylish but easy to cut out. I chose the size 300 because it fit perfectly on the size of the triangle.
- Then I used the letter patterns to cut out randomly selected scrapbook paper patterned letters. So I didn’t have to cut out each letter twice, I just placed a trimmed letter pattern on top of the patterned scrapbook paper and cut out the two letters at the same time.
- Next I used a glue stick to glue the letters on the triangles in this order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, dark blue, dark purple
- I measured about how much ribbon was needed for each banner for each window.
- Then I lined up the triangles on the ribbon in the same order as a rainbow starting with the words in the middle and extending the triangles on both sides following the same pattern. This was done so things looked pretty centered when the banner was hung up.
- After everything was lined up, each triangle was stapled to the ribbon.
- I just used a couple of sewing pins tucked into the window frame to suspend and drape the banners along the tops of the windows.
I just think this is so the way to go!
It took a while to make but I can reuse this rainbow colored banner for lots of different occasions for a long time!
This is the party this rainbow colored banner was made for and the other fun ideas that were prepared for the party…